- Can robot preachers and AI programs effectively share religious beliefs without undermining credibility and donations for religious groups? A study by the American Psychological Association suggests that while AI is expanding into various professions, the credibility of robot preachers could be a concern for religious organizations. Lead researcher Joshua Conrad Jackson from the University of Chicago conducted experiments using a humanoid robot, revealing that participants found robot-preached sermons less credible and were less likely to donate compared to human-preached sermons.
- Can robot preachers and AI programs gain the trust and credibility of congregations?
- Will reliance on technology impact religious commitment and donations for different faiths?
- How might religious organizations navigate the use of AI and technology while maintaining their credibility?
- Mindar, a humanoid robot created in partnership with Kodai-Ji Buddhist temple, cost nearly $1 million to develop.
- The study surveyed 398 participants after sermons delivered by Mindar or a human priest, with the former resulting in smaller donations and lower perceived credibility.
- Similar findings emerged from an experiment in a Taoist temple, where a humanoid robot named Pepper also led to decreased credibility and donations.
Market Trends & Predictions:
- As AI becomes more prevalent, religious groups might explore robot preachers and AI programs for sharing beliefs.
- The study suggests that while some individuals might find robot preachers effective, overall skepticism about their credibility remains.
- The Mindar humanoid robot delivers sermons with a humanlike silicon face, moving lips, blinking eyes, surround sound, and multi-media projections.
- Advanced AI programs generated sermons, but participants found them less credible due to perceptions of limited human-like cognitive abilities.
- The tone of the article is informative and objective.
- The study raises concerns about the credibility and effectiveness of robot preachers in sharing religious beliefs.
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- Robot preachers, AI programs may undermine credibility of religious groups, study finds
Publication and Author:
- American Psychological Association, by Joshua Conrad Jackson
- Joshua Conrad Jackson, Ph.D. (Lead Researcher)
- Mindar (Humanoid Robot)
- Pepper (Humanoid Robot)
- Kodai-Ji Buddhist Temple
- University of Chicago